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Dr. Ashaunta Anderson

Health Science Clinical Assistant Professor in Residence - Pediatrics

Dr. Ashaunta Anderson

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Education and Training

  • Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, UCLA, 2011-13
  • M.S., Health Services, UCLA, 2011-12
  • Fellowship in Minority Health Policy, Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University, 2010-11
  • MPH, Harvard School of Public Health, 2010-11
  • Pediatric Residency, Baylor College of Medicine, 2007-2010
  • M.D., Harvard Medical School, 2007
  • A.B., Human Biology, Stanford University, 2001


Dr. Ashaunta (Tumblin) Anderson joined the UCR School of Medicine as an assistant professor of pediatrics in September 2013 and is a researcher in the UCR School of Medicine's Center for Healthy Communities. Anderson is also a health policy researcher for the RAND Corporation.

Anderson earned her undergraduate degree in human biology from Stanford University, then went on to Harvard Medical School. She served her residency at the Baylor College of Medicine and later returned to school to earn a master's degree in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health and another master's degree in health services from UCLA.

She was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at UCLA from 2011 through 2013.

Research Interests

Anderson is a pediatrician whose research explores the origins of health disparities in the social environments of early childhood. Her work is particularly focused on the impact of early school readiness on later academic achievement and related health outcomes. She is interested in the ways parents, health care providers, policymakers, and other stakeholders interact to support school readiness in all children. To this end, she has conducted a number of qualitative assessments of early childhood educators, pediatricians, and minority parents with the goal of developing a culturally appropriate community-partnered intervention to promote early school readiness.

Her focus on upstream medicine extends from prenatal-through-infancy school readiness interventions to the pre-conception period of adolescence. She is currently evaluating the effect of the school environment on adolescent health risk behaviors. She has also examined the methods pediatricians use to ensure consistent chlamydia screening in sexually active adolescents. With this insight, classroom and clinical policies may codify health-promoting properties critical to downstream school readiness.

Anderson is also interested in the broader policy landscape in her health services research. In the wake of the Affordable Care Act, she is very interested in examining the application of the changing health care system to child health. The shifting roles of healthcare providers, the new ways patients access care, and the increasing emphasis on preventative care are topics of special interest.


  • Janet and Ray Scherr Fellowship Loan Repayment Program - 2013 Academic Pediatric Association/Aetna Foundation Young Investigator Award - 2012

  • Billie Wright Adams Scholar - 2009

  • New Century Scholar - 2007-­ present

  • Student National Medical Association Regional, Conference Research Forum, 1st place in Clinical Science - 2006

  • Aesculapian Club, Harvard Medical School – 2005- present

  • Hinton-­Wright Society Pfeiffer Fellow - 2002

  • The Ralph M. Hester Prize, French essay contest - 2000

  • Cap and Gown, Stanford Women’s Honors Society -1999 - present

  • National Achievement Scholar -1997

Selected Publications

  • Ashaunta Tumblin, Danielle Rios, Kendra Conkright, Ryan Himes, Seema Mehta, Lynette Whitfield, Lana Hattar, Mark Gilger, Kathleen Motil. Gastroenterology. In: Lowry AW, Nag PK, Bhakta KY, eds. Texas Children's Hospital Handbook of Pediatrics and Neonatology. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Professional Inc; 2011.
  • Tumblin AR, Tailor A, Hoehn GT, Mack AK, Mendelsohn L, Xu X, Remaley AT, Munson PJ, Suffredini AF, Kato GJ. Apolipoprotein A-I and serum amyloid A plasma levels are biomarkers of acute painful episodes in patients with sickle cell disease. Haematologica. 2010:95(9):1467-72.
  • Yuditskaya S, Tumblin A, Hoehn GT, Wang G, Drake SK, Xu X, Ying S, Chi AH, Remaley AT, Shen RF, Munson PJ, Suffredini AF, Kato GJ. Proteomic identification of altered apolipoprotein patterns in pulmonary hypertension and vasculopathy of sickle cell disease. Blood. 2009;113(5):1122-8.
  • Aliyu, ZY, Tumblin AR, Kato GJ. Current therapy of sickle cell disease. Haematologica. 2006;91(1):7-10.

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